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- DOB December 25, 1990
- Age 23
- Place of birth Lancaster, Pennsylvania
- POSITION Forward
- HEIGHT 6'0"
- WEIGHT 185
- U.S. CAPS 0
- CLUB Philadelphia Union
- TWITTER @andrewwenger (7.41K followers)
- ASN QUESTIONNAIRE Read now
Take a look at these college credentials: Andrew Wenger was recruited to play midfield at soccer powerhouse Duke University and was named ACC Freshman of the Year. The following season he made the NCAA All-America First Team and was named ACC Defensive Player of the year. As a junior, Wenger won the Herman Trophy Award—while playing striker.
In other words, Wenger can do it all. And his versatility continues to serve him well: He plays striker for the Montreal Impact and as a centerback for the U.S. U-23 team.
Wenger is self-deprecating about his talent: "I’ve played multiple positions and I haven't always been great at every position I’ve played in. I’m a jack-of-all-trades, ace of none." But he should probably know better—he’s an honor-roll student who continued to work toward his history degree during his rookie season at Montreal. His MLS career started off cautiously well. Midway though his first season Wenger’s made a handful of starts and substitutions, scoring some skillful goals that betray his height and bulk, all while traveling between North Carolina and Montreal in the spring.
His international career is off to a slower start. He was selected for the U-23 team for a series of friendlies in early 2012, but wasn’t in the roster for Olympic qualifying. Coach Caleb Porter appears to be a big fan, however. “I think he's a really complete player, extremely versatile,” Porter says. “He’s got great feet, technically he’s clean, and tactically he’s very smart. What people don’t realize and I didn’t realize until I worked with him for a week is that he’s athletic, he’s tall, he’s strong, he’s fast.” This future prospect appears to have all the tools, no matter where Wenger plays on the field.—ADAM ELDER
Noteworthy ReadsMontreal Selects Versatile Wenger (ESPN.com)
Impact Rookie Andrew Wenger Juggles Soccer, School (Yahoo.com)
Impact Rookie Wenger Going to School on Montreal History (MLSSoccer.com)